Pridefest, Parade, etc. in El Paso

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Hi everyone! This Wednesday-Sunday is Pride Week in El Paso. I’m sure lots of events took place in other cities across the U.S. I’ve worked on different assignments as a freelance writer in the past month or so. Last week, I worked on a story about El Paso’s LGBTQ community. I spoke to people who were in charge of these festivities, bar owners and the first same-sex couple to be married in El Paso. Even though most told me improvement is needed…I’m happy to say all of them see a lot of good things happening in the community.

El Paso hosted the Consolidated Association of Pride (CAPI) Convention in February for the first time. Members from Juarez and Tijuana, Mexico were also invited to attend. El Paso also opened the Mary E. Gonzalez Transitional Living Center for LGBTQ Youth last year. The center is named after local politician Mary E. Gonzalez. She is the first openly pansexual elected official in the U.S.

I planned on attending the Pride Parade yesterday but unfortunately I had a little emergency in my apartment and I had an interview in the afternoon. I’ll be sharing yesterday’s interview with you this week or next. There’s a couple of things I still want to ask my interviewee. I went downtown to look for the parade but I didn’t see anything! I was either too early or too late! 😦 I wanted to share the story I wrote last week with you. You can check it out here.

Photo from the http://www.epscp.org web site.

 

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